Is Your Self-Empowerment UP To Par?

Measuring personal empowerment involves assessing various aspects of your life and mindset to determine your sense of control, autonomy, and ability to make choices. Here are some common ways to measure personal empowerment:

  1. Self-Efficacy Scales: Self-efficacy refers to an individual’s belief in their ability to achieve goals and overcome obstacles. Scales like the General Self-Efficacy Scale (GSE) or the New General Self-Efficacy Scale (NGSE) can be used to measure this aspect of personal empowerment.
  2. Decision-Making Autonomy: Assessing the degree to which an individual feels empowered to make decisions in their personal and professional life. This can be done through surveys or interviews focusing on decision-making processes and perceived autonomy.
  3. Locus of Control: This refers to your beliefs regarding the underlying causes of events in you life. A person with an internal locus of control believes they have control over their life, while someone with an external locus of control attributes events to external factors such as luck or fate. Scales like the Rotter Internal-External Locus of Control Scale can measure this construct.
  4. Sense of Agency: This involves the sense of being in control of one’s actions and their outcomes. It can be assessed through qualitative interviews or scales designed to measure agency and control.
  5. Goal Attainment: Assessing the extent to which individuals are able to set and achieve their goals can be an indicator of personal empowerment. This can be measured through goal-setting exercises, tracking progress towards goals, and self-report measures.
  6. Resilience: Personal empowerment often correlates with resilience, the ability to bounce back from setbacks and adversity. Resilience scales like the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC) can be used to measure this aspect.
  7. Perceived Social Support: The perception of having supportive relationships can contribute to a sense of empowerment. Scales such as the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) can measure perceived support from friends, family, and significant others.
  8. Subjective Well-Being: Personal empowerment is often associated with higher levels of subjective well-being. Measures such as the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) or the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) can be used to assess this.
  9. Assertiveness: Assertiveness involves expressing one’s needs, desires, opinions, and feelings openly and honestly while respecting the rights and beliefs of others. Scales like the Rathus Assertiveness Schedule can be used to measure assertiveness levels.
  10. Personal Growth and Development: Assessing personal growth and development over time can also provide insights into personal empowerment. This can involve reflective exercises, self-assessment questionnaires, or tracking progress in personal development goals.

Combining quantitative measures with qualitative insights, such as from colleagues, family and friends, can provide a more comprehensive understanding of an individual’s sense of personal empowerment.

If you are concerned about your Self-Empowerment levels, contact me to complete your assessments.